My husband sent me this picture from Red Rocks Amphitheater during his weekend in Boulder, CO. It happened that this weekend was the full moon and this photo reminded me just how powerful a force of nature the moon is. When you step outside in the middle of the night and the sky is clear, and the moon is full, it feels magical and intense and amazing.
The Talmud teaches: Other nations count by the sun while Israel counts by the moon. (Sukkah 9a).
Indeed, the Jewish calendar is rooted in the cycles of the moon. Each month of the year is a lunar month, beginning on the new moon and ending when the moon is dark. The fifteenth of the Hebrew month is the full moon. Many festivals, such as Sukkot, Tu B’Shevat, Purim, and Passover, fall on the full moon. The Psalms use the word keseh to describe the full moon- keseh is a vessel, a brimming cup of abundance. We can use this image as inspiration for ourselves- to reflect light, to bring out our inner beauty and to be grateful for the blessings in our lives.